Strategic Planning and Development Policy
The Strategic Planning and Development Policy sections of the council's Design and Development Directorate are responsible for establishing, maintaining and reviewing the long-term or "strategic" framework within which development throughout the City of Blacktown is assessed.
The Strategic Planning section is responsible for developing, implementing and reviewing large scale, long term planning strategies for the City of Blacktown. This includes preparing, evaluating and implementing strategic plans, environmental planning instruments and development control plans for urban renewal and urban release areas across the City. In particular, within the City’s urban renewal precincts, and land release precincts in the North West Growth Centre and Western Sydney Employment Area.
The section also prepares long term strategic plans for the optimum development of commercial centres in the City of Blacktown, as well as undertaking public domain improvements to the City’s commercial centres.
The Development Policy section provides advice and input on planning policies and procedures, updates and reviews council's local environmental plan and development control plans and assists in the interpretation of planning law.
The section is also concerned with fire safety on older buildings, building regulation and approval advice, and maintenance of council's essential fire safety measures certification program.
The section provides specialist advice on heritage issues and is responsible for the identification and protection of heritage properties in the Blacktown Local Government Area as well as administering council's Heritage Fund.
This section also deals with all legal matters involving planning legislation, including the investigation of unauthorised and illegal uses, Class 4 prosecutions and Class 1 Appeals in the Land and Environment Court.